5 MINUTES WITH….TATIANA CALDERON
Name: Tatiana Calderon
Job Title: Racing Driver
What first attracted you to motorsport?
I was 9 years old when I went to a local rental go kart track near my home in Colombia. I tried it and loved the speed and adrenaline. It was love at first sight. Since then my love for the sport grows every day.
What qualifications did you need to get to there?
You need to train in all areas, because being a racing driver is much more than just driving a car fast on a track. Physically we need to train very hard, and as a woman even harder, because we have 30% less lean muscle than men and as you go through the ranks, the demands on strength and endurance increase. Your body needs to be up for the task, but also your mind – you need to be strong mentally.
What, if any, challenges did you face? And how did you overcome them?
You come across many different challenges. People will always question if you will be fit enough to drive the car but that is something that you can overcome with the right training, discipline and working with the people around you on every aspect to help you get the most out yourself physically.
There are people who will always tell you that you won’t make it, that you are not good enough but that has always motivated me even more to prove them wrong. There are no real limits to what you can achieve, only those you place on yourself!
Finding sponsors is never easy and racing is very expensive. Getting the right car, the right team, testing, it all goes as far as your budget does, so you always need to make the most out of the opportunities you get! You have to be passionate about what you want and disciplined in what you do.
It’s all about working hard, believing and developing your skills.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Dream big, work hard but be patient, everything comes at the right time.
What is your dream car?
The Sauber C36